Cupid & Psyche: The First Kiss Canvas Wall Scroll
By artist William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)

French artist Bouguereau's celebrated cupid and fairy sitting on soft blue clouds are characteristic of the artist's love of art as pure beauty. Our Basil Street Gallery vinyl-canvas wall scroll hearkens back to the parchments of European galleries. This beautiful work of decorative wall art is suspended from an ebony ribbon hanger by a black wooden rod and finials.

16"Wx1"Dx20"H. 1 lb.
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   William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)

William had a long, successful career as an academic painter, exhibiting in the annual Paris Salons for more than 50 years. His paintings of religious, mythological, and genre subjects were carefully composed and painstakingly finished. Thus he opposed the admission of works by the impressionists to the Salon, because he believed that their paintings were no more than unfinished sketches. After a period of neglect following his death, Bouguereau's paintings were returned to view as part of a renewed interest in and reappraisal of academic painting and of Ecole des Beaux-Arts works in general. A major retrospective exhibition opened in Paris and was seen in Montreal and Hartford, Conn., in 1984.

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